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Tips For Playing The Bm Guitar Chord

I can still remember when I was learning to play the guitar that the Bm guitar chord was one of the more stubborn obstacles I had to overcome. I had mastered all the other open chords, but that Bm guitar chord was a really important chord that I just didn’t have a good open position for!

As such, it was really the first chord that forced me into learning bar chords, and it is a good thing it did. I still remember working on that chord for a couple weeks, and finally overcoming it to the point that it became easy enough to play wherever I wanted.

Now, playing bar chords is second nature to me, however you have to start somewhere right? Having your guitar chords down pat will also do wonders for your lead playing, even if you can’t see the connection right now.

The thing with B minor is that it is really quite an important chord in a number of the most popular keys: G, D, A, to name a few.

Colin put together this great video on some of the issues around the Bm guitar chord – including a couple ways to ‘cheat’ if you want by using fewer strings. Ultimately though, I recommend working on that full bar chord version as it not only sounds the fullest, but will pave the way for all your other bar chords as well.

If you’ve been struggling to get that Bm guitar chord down pat, this is the lesson for you.

Mastering the Bm Guitar Chord:

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For more of Colin’s lessons, visit him at RiffNinja.com.

If you’ve got any other tips for playing the Bm guitar chord that weren’t covered in here, tell us about them in the comments below!



Chords that Work Together in ‘C’

One of the questions I’ve been asked now and again is ‘What chords sound good together?

Well, there are a couple of ways for me to answer that question I suppose. I could show you specifically, and I could teach you the reasons why chords sound good together so you can figure that out on your own.

Chords that Work Together

In a way, I’ve done both. Today’s beginner lesson shows you all the guitar chords that work well together in the key of C. Simply, they are: C, F, G, Am, Dm and Em. In the video you’ll see that you can put these in literally any order and they’ll sound ok.

In the lesson I actually randomly play these chords in any order, to demonstrate that although it doesn’t end up sounding like any song you know, there aren’t any clashes – these chords all work well together.

In my Unlocking I IV V course I’ve take the time and gone into much more detail which chords work together which each other, but rather than giving you all the specifics, instead I teach the concept of I IV V and how to apply that to finding all the chords in any given key, in a matter of seconds. I’d recommend checking that out if you haven’t already.

Leave a comment below the video and let me know if this was useful for you or not. If so, I can make some more videos showing some of the other common keys as well.

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